JEALOUS OF THE BIRDS
Shares video for “Goji Berry Sunset”
Debut album Parma Violets out on 6 May
Watch “Goji Berry Sunset”
12 March – Fealty’s Back Bar Sessions, Bangor
17 March – SXSW Northern Ireland showcase – Output, Latitude 30, Austin, Texas
1 April – The Mac, Belfast supporting Pat Dam Smyth
2 April – The Brontë Church, Rathfriland supporting Pat Dam Smyth
29 April – 8 May – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast – Artist in residence
28th May – Union Chapel (Daylight Music), London
Jealous of the Birds, aka Naomi Hamilton, will be releasing her debut album Parma Violets on 6 May via Big Space Records (note change of date!). Ahead of the release, she shares the DIY video for the single “Goji Berry Sunset” (which has already enjoyed radio support from Annie Mac at Radio One, Gideon Coe and Steve Lamacq at 6 Music and John Kennedy at Radio-X). Filmed in a deconsecrated church, in their premiere Clash described the video as “Stark, emotive, and totally engrossing.”
Hailing from County Armagh in Northern Ireland, Jealous of the Birds emerged from the vibrant suburban folk scene, alongside acts such as Ciaran Lavery and No Oil Paintings. Naomi quietly unleashed her debut EP Capricorn in March 2015, where her wonderfully understated bedroom indie-folk won her an ever-growing legion of support. The entire EP is a stunning lo-fi collection of tunes recalling Girlpool, Karen Dalton, Cat Power, Laura Marling and even The Moldy Peaches at times. Describing her music she has said; “My only hope is that the songs sound like a real friend talking.”
Keen to move away from a purely “folk” or “singer-songwriter” tag, for her debut full-length, Hamilton throws her net wider, moving from bedroom recording to a real studio. With a more extensive range of instrumentation and producer Declan Legge at the helm, the sound is much more sonically expansive and dynamic. Refusing to be pinned down by genre, the tone of each song is contrasting yet complimentary. Parma Violets matches introspective indie-folk with fiery post-punk. Beautifully crafted songs have been given contrasting arrangements, veering from stripped-down acoustic guitar to full-band indie-rock anthems, all overlaid by Naomi’s compelling layered vocals. Equal parts light and shade, the songs are poignant and vulnerable, bursting with honesty and raw passion.
Parma Violets is a startlingly realized offering, poignant and beguiling, the album has a lo-fi organic integrity that is utterly bewitching. No longer to be Jealous of the Birds, here Naomi Hamilton proves that she can fly just as high.